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Old 11-19-2007, 03:12 PM   #21 (permalink)
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VERY small company with a very small IT staff (me and 1 other guy). i've only been here a couple months but i've worked in some nice (and some not so nice) data centers in previous jobs, so i keep making suggestions on how to fix some things. well, this company doesnt want put out the cash.
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There's a lot that goes into an exchange (outlook for you hehe) environment especially when it comes to "tuning". First you need to look at your storage groups and how big they are. The max per SG you want to see is 18gig. After that you need to start splitting them into bigger groups. You also have to be concerned with RPC traffic, and calls to your DC (holding a global catalog role). You also need to run offline defrags to clean up. Even if you start cleaning out mailboxes, the database stays the same size until it's defragged.

It's not so easy to "tune" but it also takes an IT staff with the balls to do it and a management structure that will let you touch it. Most of the time you'll find that upper management freaks out when you say you want to touch exchange.

We had several similar issues here and yes it was the amount of e-mails people were storing. a 4gig mailbox is retarded. However, we have the balls and the management to say "Buy an archiving tool and we'll get this shit cleaned up".
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VERY small company with a very small IT staff (me and 1 other guy). i've only been here a couple months but i've worked in some nice (and some not so nice) data centers in previous jobs, so i keep making suggestions on how to fix some things. well, this company doesnt want put out the cash.

That's pretty common. You'll find though that you can get a company to part with money when you present them with how much the stand to lose otherwise. Convert an outage to hard dollars and then show them how spending some cash to provide redundancy will prevent the outage and thus prevent the loss. Suggestions are good but it's up to the IT department (in this case you) to show justification for the money.

Get an estimate of how much they lost today including salary paid out when people couldn't work during the outage (and yes someone has those numbers). Add in your time spent fixing it/salary, and poof you have a rock solid business justification.
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Old 11-20-2007, 04:31 AM   #24 (permalink)
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I love talking to you foreigners in a really posh put on english accent and talk about polo horses and butlers. The funniest thing is alot of people actually buy it
when living in LA, i lost count of the people who asked me to say their name, and wondered if i had ever met the queen!

weird thing is tho, most seppos thought i was australian! and ozzies, think i am seppo!

these colonials will try as hard as they can, to forget the very existence of limeylandia it seems!
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Old 11-20-2007, 04:34 AM   #25 (permalink)
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Why would you need a backup system, its not like anything network related ever goes down? That's uber crazy TJ, do you work for a small company with an even smaller IT fund?
oh bollocks! i used to know someone called 'perp 3am' elsewhere in the ether........
a good friend of MPD i seem to recall......
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